Skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and we have the highest rates of melanoma skin cancer in the world.
The good news is that most skin cancers, including melanoma are preventable by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) that causes harm. To check the UV levels in your area for today, use HPA's Sun Protection Alert.
In New Zealand, the prevention of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety is led by HPA, in partnership with Cancer Society of New Zealand, Melanoma NZ, and the Melanoma Network of New Zealand Incorporated (MelNet).
For more information about skin cancer prevention visit the SunSmart website, including how to be SunSmart, how to check your own skin for signs of skin cancer and common questions about early detection.